Tying The Tarzan Series Together With Characters

This is a list of the Tarzan books according to the appearance of characters.   These character appearances in different books help bind the book's events to specific time periods. This in turn, with other dating tricks, help supply the unprovided dates to events in a Tarzan Chronology.

This 1872 Tarzan chronology list is my personal working list.  It is incomplete.  Please share your personal info with me on other unlisted characters I have missed.  I only mentioned the most important to get my point across. I decided to share anyway because the information is so valuable to a Greystoke chronologist.  This list is not intended to imply the order of the Tarzan timeline.  It is meant to show you which Tarzan books are bound together by reappearing characters.

Note the difference how the Tarzan books appear in a chronological sequence, verses the way they were published.

Date: January 31, 1871 through October 29, 1890 
Book: Tarzan Of The Apes (Part One)
Characters: Mbonga's village is introduced.

Date: October 29, 1890 through November 4, 1892
Book: Jungle Tales Of Tarzan
Characters: Mbonga's village makes second appearance.

Date: November 5, 1892 through August 22, 1893
Book:  Tarzan Of The Apes (Part Two)
Characters: Mbonga's village makes third appearance.: Jane Porter & Paul d'Arnot are introduced.

Date: 1894-1895
Book:  The Return Of Tarzan
Characters: Jane and D'Arnot make second appearance.  Busuli is introduced.  La is introduced.

Date:  1896
Book: The Beasts Of Tarzan
Characters: Jane and D'Arnot make third appearance.  Busuli makes second appearance.
Mugambi is introduced.  John "Jack" Clayton/Korak is introduced.

Date:  1906-1912
Book:  The Son Of Tarzan
Characters:  Jane and D'Arnot make fourth appearance.  Busuli makes third appearance.
Mugambi makes second appearance.  Korak makes second appearance.  Jervis is introduced.

Date:  1912
Book: Tarzan And The Jewels Of Opar
Characters: Jane makes fifth appearance.  Busuli makes fourth appearance. Mugambi makes third appearance.  Jervis makes second appearance.

Date: must occur before writing date of August 9, 1918
Book: Tarzan The Untamed
Characters:  Jane makes sixth appearance.

Date:  October through November 1912
Book:  The Mad King (Part One)
Characters:  Jervis makes third appearance.  Barney Custer is introduced.

Date: early spring 1913
Book: The Eternal Lover/Savage
Characters: Jane makes seventh appearance.  Jackie (Dackie) Clayton, Korak's Son/Tarzan's grandson is introduced  John Carter's great nephew is introduced.

Date:  July 10, 1914
Book: Man Eater (Part One)
Characters:  Jane makes fifth appearance. Jervis makes fourth appearance.

Date:  August through September 1914
Book: Mad King (Part Two)
Characters: Jervis makes fifth appearance.  Barney Custer makes second appearance.

Date: September through August 1916
Book: Man Eater (Part Two)
Characters: Jervis makes sixth appearance.

Date: July through October 1916
Book:  Tarzan The Terrible
Characters: Jervis makes seventh appearance. Korak makes fourth appearance.  Old Muviro is introduced.

Date: November 1916 through 1919  
Book: Tarzan And The Golden Lion
Characters:  Jervis makes eighth appearance.  Korak makes fifth appearance.  La makes third appearance.  Old Muviro makes second appearance.  Usula is introduced.  Jad-bal-ja is introduced.

Date: must occur before the writing date of  June 20, 1923
Book: Tarzan And The Ant Men
Characters: Korak makes sixth apperance.  Usula makes second appearance.  Jad-bal-ja makes second appearance.

Date: must occur before the writing date of November 16, 1926.
Book: The Tarzan Twins
Characters: Jad-bal-ja makes third appearance.  La does not make an appearance but gets a mention. Young Muviro is introduced.  Doctor Karl von Harben is introduced.
Chat: Tarzan And the Tarzan Twins is made up of two Tarzan novellas written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the author, for young readers.  The children's books were originally published as The Tarzan Twins, and The Tarzan Twins With Jad-bal-ja The Golden Lion.  The two stories were integrated into one book, in 1963 under the title of Tarzan And The Tarzan Twins, in the first complete edition.
     Although the two stories were wrote about six months apart the related events occur in the same time frame.  The opening passage of Tarzan And The Tarzan Twins With Jad-bal-ja The Golden Lion specifies that its events occur immediately after those of The Tarzan Twins.
     The two parts of the Tarzan Twins occur between Tarzan And The Ant Men and Tarzan, Lord Of The Jungle chronologically.  The first novella, The Tarzan Twins, was published between these two novels.  The second novella, Tarzan And The Tarzan Twins With Jad-bal-ja The Golden Lion confirms their placement in approximately this period as it introduces a family that figures prominently in Tarzan And The Lost Empire, the next book after Tarzan Lord Of The Jungle.  Here we are informed of Tarzan's first meeting with Doctor Karl Harben, with whom the ape man is already acquainted with in Tarzan And The Lost Empire.
     Because Tarzan And The Tarzan Twins is a children's book, however, it is customarily omitted from listings of the main Tarzan series.  I have chosen to include it to my 1872 chronology for three reasons.

  1. It is wrote by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the author.
  2. It can easily be dated into the Tarzan series.
  3. The characters Doctor Karl von Harben and young Muviro also appear in other books of the Tarzan series.


Date: must occur before the writing date of June or July 1927
Book: Tarzan Lord Of The Jungle
Characters: Jad-bal-ja makes fourth appearance.  Young Muviro makes second appearance.

Date: must occur before writing date of March 29, 1928
Book: Tarzan And The Lost Empire
Characters: Jad-bal-ja makes fifth appearance.  Young Muviro makes third appearance.  Doctor Karl von Harben makes second appearance.  Nkima is introduced.

Date: must occur before writing date December 6, 1928
Book: Tarzan At The Earth's Core
Characters: Jad-bal-ja makes sixth appearance.  Young Muviro makes fourth appearance.  Nkima makes second appearance.

Date: must occur before the writing date of May 13, 1927
Book: Tarzan The Invincible
Characters: Jad-bal-ja makes seventh appearance.  Young Muviro makes fifth appearance. La makes fourth appearance.  Nkima makes third appearance.

Date: must occur before writing date of February 27, 1931
Book: Tarzan Triumphant
Characters: Jad-bal-ja makes eighth appearance.  Young Muviro makes sixth appearance.  Nkima makes fourth appearance.

Date: must occur before writing date of July 9, 1931
Book: Tarzan And The Leopard Men
Characters: Jad-bal-ja makes ninth appearance.  Young Muviro makes seventh appearance.  Nkima makes fifth appearance.

Date: must occur before writing date of November 21, 1931
Book: Tarzan And The City Of Gold
Characters: Jud-bal-ja makes tenth appearance.  Young Muviro makes eighth appearance.  Nkima makes sixth appearance.

Date: must occur before writing date of  February 9, 1933
Book: Tarzan And The Lion Man
Characters: Jad-bal-ja makes eleventh appearance.  Young Muviro makes ninth appearance.  Nkima makes seventh appearance.

Date: must occur before the writing date of May 13, 1934
Book: Tarzan's Quest
Characters: Young Muviro makes tenth appearance.  Nkima makes eighth appearance.

Date: 1935 or 1936
Book: Tarzan The Magnificent
Characters: Young Muviro makes eleventh appearance.  Nikima makes ninth appearance.

Date: must occur before the writing date of October 10, 1937
Book: Tarzan And The Forbidden City
Characters: Nkima makes tenth appearance. Gaun is introduced.  Zutthe is introduced.  Paul D'Arnot makes fourth appearance.
Chat: Some 1888 chronologist from the past have tried to place Tarzan And The Forbidden City after The Return Of Tarzan because of Paul D'Arnot's reappearance.  Although D'Arnot's reappearance certainly raises a mystery because of his age I can't follow this reasoning because Busuli, Mugambi or Jervis do not appear in Tarzan And The Forbidden City.  Also Nkima is a central figure of Tarzan And The Forbidden City but he does not appear in The Return Of Tarzan or The Beasts Of Tarzan.  The apes, Gaun and Zutthe, are mentioned in Tarzan And The Forbidden City and also in Tarzan And The Mad Man.  Neither are mentioned in The Return Of Tarzan or The Beasts Of Tarzan.


Date: must occur before the writing date of January 16, 1940
Book: Tarzan And The Mad Man
Characters: Nkima makes eleventh appearance.  Gaun makes second appearance.  Zutthe makes second appearance.

Date: must occur before the writing date of January 10, 1939
Book: Tarzan And The Castaways / Tarzan And The The Jungle Murders
Characters:
Chat: England declared war on Germany September 3, 1939, chapter 3.

Date: must occur before the writing date of July 17, 1939
Book:  Tarzan And The Castaways / Tarzan And The Champion
Characters:

Date: must begin before the writing date of June 10, 1944
Book: Tarzan And The Foreign Legion
Character:



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